It’s October! Leaves, Pumpkins and “Timberland Reads Together”

Timberland Regional Library’s annual celebration of reading, learning and sharing. This October marks the 10th anniversary of Timberland Reads Together, a month-long celebration of reading, learning and reflecting - together. The 27 community libraries that comprise Timberland Regional Library (TRL) will present author talks and book group discussions, workshops, cooking demonstrations, films and music.

This year, the library is stretching the “one book, one community” tradition by offering two books, both focused on a universal topic: food. The first book is Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods and at the Table by Dylan Tomine. The second work is Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson.


FREE Septic System Maintenance Class: Avoid Flushing Money down the Drain - Final Class 10/16

(Shelton, WA- September 18, 2014)—WSU Extension will be presenting a free septic maintenance workshop in partnership with Mason County Public Health. This is the final workshop being offered in 2014. Every participant will receive a free manual and coupon for discounted septic system pumping or operation and maintenance service.

The workshop is Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Mason County Public Works located at 100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton, WA 98584.

To help homeowners avoid flushing money down the drain, experts will explain what can be flushed safely, how septic systems work, and what to do to protect this very valuable feature of every rural home. The workshop describes the basic components of septic systems and provides participants a chance to ask questions specific to their own needs. Those attending will receive straightforward information on a variety of topics to help maintain their septic systems. Attendees will learn what they can do on their own and when to call in the experts.

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Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.

Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Erica Bates at 360-427-9670 ext. 682 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks prior to the event.

Garden Scarecrow Competition

The Community Farmers Market announced their first Garden Scarecrow Competition and seeks individuals, groups, and businesses to participate. All ages are welcome. The Market will provide one bale of hay and donated clothing to participants, but use of your own materials and creativity is encouraged. Two categories will be judged, traditional and “any other.” Prizes include $50 in Market tokens and a Harvest Basket of items from the Community Farmers Market vendors.


No-Cost Immunization Clinic This Saturday, Sept. 20

Get back-to-school vaccines for pre-school and K-12 children. Thurston County Public Health, in cooperation with the county's Medical Reserve Corps and Group Health Cooperative, is sponsoring a no-cost “back-to-school” immunization clinic this Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children who are entering pre-school (age 3) through age 18 can get immunizations that are required for school, plus other recommended vaccines, including flu vaccines and immunizations for chickenpox, measles, whooping cough, and others.

The no-cost clinic is open to all school-age children—you do not have to be a Group Health member to participate. The clinic operates on a first come, first served basis, and pre-registration is not required. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children, and you should bring each child’s immunization records if available. Immunization waivers or exemptions will not be issued.