Help people with disabilities, get a free Tootsie Roll

By Paul Swortz

Knights of Columbus from St. Frances Cabrini will conduct a “Tootsie Roll Drive” at Fred Meyer’s store at 6305 Bridgeport Way on Friday 10/31 and Saturday 11/1 from 9AM to 5PM. The Knights are urging citizens everywhere to support this important fund raising activity by making a donation. Our donations will go to Special Olympics Washington this year. Knights will be easily visible at the store entrance because of the bright yellow aprons they will be wearing and the Tootsie Rolls they will be giving away. Donations are tax deductible.

Letter: U.P. Community Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 27

By Roger Gruener

As previously reported, Mr. Ric’s Catering was unable to help with the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner this year. Thank you Mr. Ric for all those years. We are happy to announce that Derek Bray, Chef at Grassi’s Ristorante and former Chef at Tacoma Rescue Mission, has agreed to step up. Thank you Derek.

Soooo….Thanksgiving dinner will be served as in previous years at University Place Primary from noon-2pm in the cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th. All are welcome. Volunteers are needed starting at 6am and until 3pm. Please contact the University Place Volunteer Center if you are interested in helping: 253-691-3029 or visit

‘Make a Difference Day’ in Steilacoom

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By 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, a crew of about 28 men and women from the 42nd MP Brigade at JBLM arrived at Farrell’s Marsh, ready to gravel and mulch the Marsh’s meandering pathway. The project is part of the on-going partnership with Steilacoom’s Community Connectors who’ve done numerous community-spirited jobs around town, such as shrub removal, painting, even creating a labyrinth at Cherrydale Primary School, for more than a decade. [Read more...]

A Call for Caring Adults

Caring adults are needed to mentor students in grades 4-12 who attend Clover Park schools. We have several students on a wait list who need extra encouragement and support in order to thrive in school. Was there a person who came into your life and empowered you to reach your potential? If so, maybe now is the time for you to do the same. [Read more...]

Kiwanis Club of Clover Park officers for 2014/2015

Kiwanis officers for 2014/2015: Maren Dunlap, President; Bob Reed, President -Elect; Mike Darrah, Treasurer; Jerry Dunlap, Secretary

By Walt Sommers

The Kiwanis Club of Clover Park installed new officers for 2014/2015: Maren Dunlap, President; Bob Reed, President -Elect; Mike Darrah, Treasurer; Jerry Dunlap, Secretary at its September 30 meeting. Also at that meeting Jerry Dunlap was awarded the Kiwanis International Hixon award for community service to Lakewood. Kiwanis meets every Tuesday at noon at the Ram.

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Dance Theatre Northwest at Tacoma Narrows Rotary meeting, Oct. 14

Dance Theatre Northwest’s Melanie Kirk-Stauffer will discuss “Community Service and Arts Education Outreach programs through Dance Theatre Northwest” at the October 14 meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows.

The Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows meets weekly at Tower Lanes, 6323 6th Avenue, Tacoma, on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. for fellowship, breakfast, and an informative and interesting presentation from a guest speaker. [Read more...]

CPTC: Automotive students participate in public service event


Nine automotive students from Clover Park Technical College volunteered in a statewide “Lights On” campaign Oct. 4.

Automotive Technician Instructor Bob Offerdahl and his students assisted Automotive Service Association Northwest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free inspections and free exterior vehicle bulb and headlamp replacements in support of National Car Care Month to promote vehicle maintenance.
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