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Speaker Series Beginning 11 September 2015

Steilacoom Historical Museum Association and Friends of Steilacoom Library are starting a speakers series this fall.

Our first program will be Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

  • Time: 4 PM
  • Date: September 11
  • Place: Steilacoom Branch, Pierce County Library System, 2650 Steilacoom Blvd.

    In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt took a 17-city whistle-stop tour through Washington to spotlight the 'western wonderlands' by promoting conservation, irrigation, and prudent use of natural resources. He visited the first federally-funded irrigation district, which was in Sunnyside, and the northwest's magnificent forests, speaking to crowds at every stop.

    Roosevelt's tour inspired Washington's wilderness legacy: forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and more. He combined politics with citizenship, crossing political lines, and creating legacies for future generations.

    History buff and educator Scott Woodward will talk about Roosevelt's tour. Woodward taught American history, anthropology, and Washington state history in Richland and at Columbia Basin College before retiring. He is president of the Tapteal Greenway in Richland/Kennewick and Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network supporting education, recreation and conservation in the Mid-Columbia area.

    Mr. Woodward is part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

    Beverly Isenson, President
    Friends of Steilacoom Library

    Washington State Fair - 11 to 27 September 2015

    Get ready to PARTY BIG at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. For 17 glorious days enjoy delicious food, wild rides, dazzling entertainment, and fun for the whole family. It's the biggest party in the state and you don't want to miss out!

    Beginning in 2016, the Washington State Fair will kick off the Friday of the Labor Day weekend and end the last Sunday of the month, providing more opportunities to take part in the family tradition. The 2016 Washington State Fair will run September 2- 25, 2016. Learn more about the Fair date extension Click Here.

    Monday - Thursday: 10am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday: 9am - 11pm
    Sunday: 9am - 10pm
    Gate Admission: Pre-Fair Price
    (available online through 9/10/15)
    Adults - $10.00
    Students (ages 6-18) - $7.50
    Seniors (ages 62+) - $7.50
    Regular Price: Adults - $12.50
    Students (ages 6-18) - $9.00
    Seniors (ages 62+) - $9.00
    Kids 5 & under - FREE
    Parking: Mon - Fri: $10
    Sat - Sun: $15

    For more details, Click Here

    Luau fundraiser for Steilacoom High School Class of 2016 - 26 September 2015

    Tickets available now!

    Enjoy a luau and help support the Steilacoom High School Class of 2016 on Saturday, September 26th at the Steilacoom Community Center from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the dinner and entertainment will help provide SHS seniors with a safe graduation party in June.

    The buffet dinner will feature Polynesian foods including kalea pork. The program includes live entertainment by local talent, including some SHS students. Tickets are $45 pre-sale and $55 at the door, if available.

    To reserve your place at the luau, bring a check made out to the SHS Booster Club to the DuPont General Store or any SHS home varsity football game in September. You may also drop off a check at the SHS office, and volunteers will then contact you to confirm your reservation.

    For additional information, contact Tati Stowers at or Beth Agnew at

    Steilacoom Kiwanis Breakfast Fundraiser - Top Side Bar & Grill - Saturday 24 October 2015

    Mark Your Calendars!

    Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Topside Bar & Grill in Steilacoom. Come on down for breakfast, enjoy the view, and support your schools (DuPont, Anderson Island, Steilacoom), support your kids, support your teachers by supporting your Steilacoom Kiwanis Club. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice.

    Tickets purchased at the Kiwanis booth during the Steilacoom Farmer's market will be entered into a drawing for two free tickets to the Kiwanis Annual Wine Festival (a $100 dollar value).

    P.S. August 12th will be Kiwanians at the Concert night. Breakfast tickets will be available at the Kiwanis Booth in Pioneer Park.

    Steilacoom Library Upcoming Events:

    FOSL's Board of Directors will had its last meeting prior to a summer break on Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 PM at the Steilacoom Library. Honored were two outgoing Board members, Beth Whitney-Teeple and Carolyn Adams. Grace Melony, retired from the Board. We'll miss them, but we have three new Board members ready to serve. They are Ellen Balls, Dr. Bob Edington, and Jean Manza.

    Continuing are Bev Isenson, as president; Yoshie Wong, vice president; Voraya Srisamang, treasurer and membership chair; Teri Litt, Steilacoom High School librarian; and Patti Cox, librarian.

    The Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month from September through November, and January through June. The annual meeting is usually held in March.

    Library supporters interested in attending a Board meeting should check at the Library desk to any late changes in the meeting schedule.

    Lakewold Gardens Open For Spring/Summer Season - 1 April - 27 September 2015

    Located in Lakewood, Washington, Lakewold offers landscape architecture by Thomas Church surrounded by rare and native plants, State Champion trees, over 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary. A Washington State historic landmark, Lakewold's Georgian-style mansion and historic architecture complete the 10 acres where visitors can step back in time to an elegant past or enjoy a relaxing moment to contemplate the future.

    General Admission is $9 per person. Senior/Student/Military admission is $6 per person. Members of Lakewold and children 12 and under receive free admission. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    2317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood - (253) 584-4106

    Click Here For Details

    Box Tops for Education & Campbell's Soup Labels

    Help Steilacoom's schools by saving and turning in the Box Tops for Education and/or Campbell's Soup labels at any school.

    Click Here for a List of Box Top Brands

    We Love Steilacoom Association Food Pantry

    The Association operates a food bank for low-income individuals and families. Additionally, the Association provides need-based assistance for utility payments and, to the extent funds are available, scholarships for Steilacoom High School students with preference given to those attending a 2-year college or vocational school.

    Food distributions are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Oberlin Congregational Church. Food donations may be dropped off at the Community Center or at the Food Bank during operating hours.

    Financial contributions for any of the programs, including the scholarship program, may be dropped off at the Community Center. A separate check, made payable to the Association, may also be sent in with your utility bill.

    For more information, contact Paul Loveless at 581-1912 or Sharon Cornett, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 581-1076.


    You will meet great new friends and have fun!
    • For activities at the Community Center, contact Pauline Monk at 983-2599.
    • The Steilacoom Food Bank always welcomes volunteers. Contact Paul Loveless at 983-2074
    • We have a very active volunteer Parks Group. Contact Nancy Henderson at 584-7284
    • The Citizens Fireworks Committee is preparing for this year's 4th of July. Contact Danny Lopez at 582-4995.

    Steilacoom Museum Association Annual Events
    • Ice Cream Social located on the Museum patio on Rainier Street.
      During the Town-Wide 4th of July Celebration, Noon - 4 p.m.

    • Salmon Bake on the shores of Puget Sound at Sunnyside Beach.
      Last Sunday in July, Noon - 4 p.m.

    • Apple Squeeze
      Festival of the apple with 20 presses for cider squeezing; apple products for sale.
      1st Sunday in October, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    • Christmas At the Orr Home
      253 584-4133 for more information
    Click Here for SHMA Event Details

    Steilacoom's Main Street, a route through Puget Sound History - By Nancy Covert

    Come Memorial Day 2014, national and state flags will ripple from the lamp posts lining Main Street that are accented with colorful, flowering baskets that remain in place until after Labor Day.

    That's the way Steilacoomites celebrate the spring/summer seasons in its waterfront town, a place that once had sincere aspirations to become: state capitol, terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad, summer resort destination, and a few other things... after it was founded in the 19th century. Tacoma, i.e., "the City of Destiny" and, later, other cities, eventually took over those roles.

    Instead Steilacoom, a 2.1 square mile town, became a Bedroom Community. But that's OK with its residents, who take pride in the 160-year history that it marks this year. This summer, while visiting the Town on the Sound, take time to enjoy its popular Farmers Market and Concerts in the Park: two of the town's most enjoyable summer activities.

    Although Main St. is technically the second major arterial in the Town of Pink Flowers-Steilacoom's Main Street also is one rich in history about the first town in the state-founded 160 years ago this spring. Since this year also marks Washington State's 125th Anniversary, it's a dual opportunity to learn more about the city's role in early state history.

    For those who haven't already visited Steilacoom Historical Museum on Main Street or the Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center and Museum on Lafayette Street, consider stopping by these local repositories of community history. Both sites offer overviews about why this area was settled first in the state-160 years ago.

    The steep route-3/10th of a mile, from the top of Main to the waterfront below, bypasses a community center, public safety department, Immaculate Conception Mission Church, as well as Steilacoom Historical Museum, Orr's wagon Shop, Town Hall, and terminates at the Bandstand in Pioneer Orchard Park, with a marker for the site of the town's first school, plus a spectacular view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

    Just around the corner from the intersection of Lafayette and Main streets, is Chambers Bay Road: the route to the 2015 USGA tournament at Chambers Bay. Enjoy your summer-whether it's shopping at the Market or enjoying the music in the Park-very few places compare with Steilacoom.

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    Magic Mops Cleaning

    Family owned and locally operated business serving Olympia, Lacey, Dupont, Steilacoom, Lakewood, Tacoma, Washington. We pride ourselves on the quality of work we do and the professional demeanor in which we do it.
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    10511 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W.
    Lakewood, Washington 98499

    Pederson & Sons Contractors

    Full service, licensed, bonded, insured general contractor. Home improvement, repair, remodeling company specializing in residential and commercial projects. Will beat any written estimate and help you design your project to work within your budget.
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    916 1st Street
    Steilacoom, WA 98388

    Town of Steilacoom Annual Events
    Garden Club Plant Sale - Second Saturday in May
    Steilacoom Farmers Market - June, July, August - Every Wednesday
    Concerts In The Park - June, July, August - Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
    Old Fashioned, Hometown, Independence Day Parade, Street Fair, Fireworks
    Salmon Bake - Last Sunday in July, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
    Garage Sale Saturday - Second Saturday in August, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Apple Squeeze - First Sunday in October, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Christmas At Town Hall - First Friday in December
    Rowdy Woods

    Custom, rustic woodworking. Corbels, beams,
    columns, mantles, arches, doors, gates, purlins,
    signs, cat houses, doghouses, bird houses,
    log shelters, animal sculptures, tikis, and
    ornamental crosses.
    Click Here For Web Site

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