Clover Park Kiwanis raise funds with parking lot sale, golf tournament

Kiwanian Walt Sommers at the Parking Lot Sale

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The Clover Park Kiwanis club is always coming up with ways to raise money for Lakewood’s youth and community.

On August 2nd, the Kiwanis club held a parking lot sale in the back of Lakewood Colonial Center. Club members sold items from their homes, much like a garage sale, and the event was a huge success. Clover Park Kiwanis raised $1,800, which will be used for assisting kids in need within our Lakewood community.

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Lakewood First Lions Club members presented update on Western State Hospital

Mike Savage, Director of Investigations and Communications for Western State Hospital presents an updated overview of the Hospital's mission.

By Ed Kane

Steve Mauer, a member of Lakewood First Lions Club, has become firmly settled into his new job as head of security at Western State Hospital. He brought the Hospital’s director of investigations and communications to this week’s meeting as the Club’s guest speaker. Mike Savage served for 18 years as prosecutor for Kitsap County prior to assuming the role at the hospital. [Read more...]

Letter: Thank You Knotweed Bending Volunteers

Connie Kirkpatrick dwarfed by knotweed

Thank you Marcia Geidel, Mike & Connie Kirkpatrick, Ron and Jan Lucas, Mark Turpin, Chuck Burton, Theda Braddock, Dave Laxx, Mark Braegelmann, Rebecca Morris, Sally Jacky, Barb Luger, and Dan Szekely for your hard work this past Sunday bending knotweed. We accomplished the mission in 2 hours thanks to your hard work. Now with the knotweed lowered, it will be much easier and efficient to spray it. [Read more...]

Letter: Little Lending Library in town


By Bonnie Magnuson

Little Free Library, which is library that individuals can build in any design they wish; place it on your property, pack it with an assortment of books and hope that it is visited, (not vandalized). The idea is, “…take a book – return a book.” It’s like a neighborhood book exchange to share the joy of reading. The mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building a free book exchange worldwide.

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Alzheimer’s Association Meets in Your Community

Caring for someone with memory loss? Need support and information? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a place for caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with memory loss. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss is held the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98465. Contact facilitator Chuck Benefiel at 253.584.3267 for details.

Steilacoom Kiwanis, Key Club team to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity


On May 31st, 2014, the Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom and the adjoining Key Club were given the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds or repairs houses for families with low-income, and provides decent, affordable housing. The build was located in Tukwila, and we were also joined with various other volunteers from surrounding areas. We also had Brian, who would be living in the house, accompany us for the build. It was a bright, sunny day and we all arrived 9 in the morning to begin our 6 hour workday. After we’ve stocked up on our refreshments, the site managers called us together to explain the plan for the day.

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Steilacoom Town Wide Garage Sale

By Donna Herting, Steilacoom

The much awaited Steilacoom town wide garage sale is on Saturday, August 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Maps showing many of those participating will be available at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the garage sale at the Steilacoom tennis courts on the corner of Lafayette & Wilkes. This yearly event is proudly sponsored by the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you!


Fish Food Banks’ Executive Director to retire after 11 years

Beth Elliott, who oversaw the oldest and largest food bank network in Pierce County, is retiring after 11 years as Executive Director. She will step down at the end of 2014.

During Elliott’s tenure with FISH Food Banks, the organization has grown from serving 199,000 client visits in 2004, to more than 562,000 in 2013.

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