Many activities for seniors in Thurston County

By Kathleen Anderson

Fall activities abound for the senior population. Here’s what’s happening at our local senior centers across the county.


Yelm Elderly Center: Haunted Treasure Hunt and Halloween Decorating Contest

This event will take place outside the Yelm Senior Center. They invite the public to create an exhibition. It will be as big as your imagination! You will need to provide a riddle that applies to your creation. The center will compile the puzzles and distribute them to the participants.

Decorations must be installed outside the YSC by October 30 by 10:00 a.m. with pickup by November 2. YSC will take possession of the decorations not removed.

Bring your decorated Jack-o-lanterns:

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best adult
  • Best child
  • The most original
  • The most frightening
  • “People’s Choice” will decide Best of Show.

Hunting donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to support the Yelm Senior Center. Registration forms are available on their website or at the Yelm Senior Center, located at 16530 103rd St., Yelm

The Yelm Senior Center is open Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Assembly meals provided by South Sound Seniors Services will be served Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 am to noon.

Masks and proof of vaccination are not compulsory.


Tenino Quarry House:

In Tenino, Senior Services for South Sound offers a hot and nutritious meal at the Quarry House every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The suggested donation for each meal (if the guest is 60 years or older) is $ 3-6. If under 60, the cost of each meal is $ 6.40. The catering is open to the public.

The Quarry House is also used by the Tenino Lions Club and the South Thurston Historical Society for their regular meetings. The city itself uses the Quarry House to sponsor local and regional trainings. When not in use by any of the above activities, the Career House is available for hire on a first come, first served basis. The Quarry House is located at 224 Sussex Ave. E, Tenino

For more information, visit


Tumwater Old Town Center

The Old Town Center (OTC) is a community resource center, offering a wide range of FREE and low cost programs / activities to seniors in the area. For questions regarding the days and hours of operation during the COVID pandemic in the Old Town Center, call Todd Anderson: (360) 754-4164.

Activities (free unless otherwise indicated)


Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the pinochle in the dining room. There is always someone looking for a game.

Senior “Jam”

Do you like old time tunes and bluegrass music? Every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Hall you will find a group of like-minded people ready to sing and play.


The second Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. in the canteen. Prizes offered by the OTC Board of Governors.

Arts and Crafts Group

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Please bring your own provisions. Call Todd Anderson at (360) 754-4164 for more information.


Every Thursday is bridge day! Join us to play this exciting game in the dining room after lunch from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 12:15 pm The cost is $ 5 per day or $ 50 for a 10 meal ticket. The menus include a variety of dishes (soups, stews, fruits and salads). No reservations required.

food Bank

The Thurston County Food Bank will be visiting the CTA on the 2nd Friday of each month at noon to drop off pre-prepared bags of food. To be eligible for this FREE program, you will need to complete an admission form (available in the dining room). Contact Todd Anderson at (360) 754-4164 for more information.


Virgil Clarkson Lacey Seniors Center:

The best clearance sale on the planet!

If you can’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere! Bring your family and friends to The Best Rummage Sale on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lacey Senior Center. Why pay retail? Come save money and support our seniors by shopping at this popular South Sound Senior Services fundraiser. The profits are donated to the Activities Department

Donations needed!

Now is the time to start looking at all those “things” that no longer serve you and are taking up space! Some of the things we are looking for include tools, housewares, sporting goods, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, textiles, bedding, kitchenware, china, crafts, works of art, antiques, collectibles, garden equipment, decorations, books, CDs and albums.

They only accept items that are clean and in good condition that are not broken, including flat screens, televisions, small furniture; no computers.

If you would like to donate any items for this event, please bring them to their sponsor, Olympic Moving & Storage, 935 Poplar St, Olympia, starting November 13, 2021, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have something important, please contact Jill at 360-407-3967 in advance to see if it can be donated.

Early Bird Entry: 8 am – free for members; $ 5 public

Free admission: 9 a.m.

The Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center is located at 6757 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch is served on these days from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You must show proof of vaccination more than two weeks before and masks are mandatory to attend functions. For more information, contact them at…/community-buildings/lacey-senior-center


The Olympia Senior Center is located at 222 Columbia St. NW Olympia and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is served on these days.

Masks are mandatory. They also offer many online courses through ZOOM. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

Kathleen Anderson writes this column weekly from her home in Olympia. Contact her at [email protected] or post your comment below.

Editor’s Note: The JOLT congratulates Kathleen Anderson on being honored by the host Olympia Lions club as the 2020 Lion of the Year.

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